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Erdogan affirms that Turkey’s opinion on the entry of Finland and Sweden into NATO is “not positive”

Turkey, a NATO member for decades, is closely following the issue of Finland and Sweden joining the alliance, but for now it does not have a positive opinion on the initiative, Turkish President Recep Tayyip said on Friday, May 13. Erdoğan.

Speaking to reporters after Friday’s Muslim prayer in Istanbul, Erdogan said that “Scandinavian countries are like hostels for terrorist groups” and that “there are supporters of terrorism in their parliaments.”

“We cannot have a positive opinion regarding this,” the president added.

In July 2020, Turkey criticized a video conference between the Swedish foreign minister and members of the YPG/PKK terrorist group, the Syrian branch of the PKK. Turkey’s foreign ministry said then that the incident “raises serious questions about Sweden’s approach to combating terrorism as a matter of priority.”


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Under NATO rules, any decision on enlargement must be made “by unanimous agreement,” giving Turkey the power to veto any new member of the military alliance.

The lifting of sanctions against the YPG/PKK by the US is ‘unacceptable’.

Regarding the US decision to lift sanctions on the YPG/PKK-controlled regions in Syria, Erdogan stressed that the party involved is a terrorist group and “Turkey cannot accept” such a decision.

“We cannot give ourselves the luxury of ignoring the terrorists. We say this to all the countries that seem friendly to us,” he assured, asking them to “be careful” with their actions.

YPG maintain control of large swathes of northeastern Syria with the support of the United States.

PKK is an organization that was declared a terrorist organization by Turkey and the US, but Washington has refrained from designating the YPG/PKK in the same way and continues to cooperate with it against the Daesh/ISIS terrorist group despite strong protests from Ankara.

Regarding Turkey’s Operation Claw-Lock launched in April in Zap, northern Iraq, in order to wipe out PKK terrorists’ hideouts on the Turkish border, Erdogan said: “As of yesterday, 82 terrorists had been neutralized as part of the operation.”

In its more than 35-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK has been responsible for the deaths of more than 40,000 people, including women, children and babies.



*Aicha Sandoval Alaguna contributed to the writing of this article.

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